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Thursday, October 25, 2012


Keeneland Barn Notes - Wednesday, October 24, 2012


• CLOSING-DAY FAYETTE ATTRACTS FIELD OF 11
• TAKE CHARGE INDY READY FOR COMEBACK IN FAYETTE
• A DIFFERENT WISE DAN READY FOR SECOND BREEDERS’ CUP TRY
• FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS
• 2012 FALL MEET LEADERS


CLOSING-DAY FAYETTE ATTRACTS FIELD OF 11

Florida Derby (G1) winner Take Charge Indy plus Keeneland track record-holder Newsdad, top a field of 11 runners entered Wednesday morning for Saturday’s 55th running of the $150,000 Fayette (G2).

The Fayette, contested at 1 1/8 miles on the main track, will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race program with a 5:21 p.m. (ET) post time. First post time is 1:05 p.m.

Chuck and Maribeth Sandford’s Take Charge Indy, making his first start against older horses, has not run since being injured in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 5. Trained by Pat Byrne, the A.P. Indy colt won the Florida Derby in his start before the Kentucky Derby. Calvin Borel has the mount on Take Charge Indy, who will break from post position five.

James Karp’s Newsdad, owner of the Keeneland Polytrack record for 1 ¼ miles (2:00.61), won the Pan American (G2) on turf in March at Gulfstream Park. Trained by Bill Mott, who saddled Go Between to win the Fayette in 2007, Newsdad will break from post position four and be ridden by Julien Leparoux.

The field for the Fayette, from the rail out, is as follows: Guys Reward (Corey Lanerie, 121 pounds), Photo Shoot (Scott Spieth, 121), Nikki’s Sandcastle (Leandro Goncalves, 121), Newsdad (Julien Leparoux, 123), Take Charge Indy (Calvin Borel, 122), Salto (IRE) (Rosie Napravnik, 121), Golden Yank (Shaun Bridgmohan, 121), Middie (Jon Court, 121), Vertiformer (James Graham, 121), Eye of the Leopard (Joe Rocco Jr., 121) and Twinspired (Victor Lebron, 121).


TAKE CHARGE INDY READY FOR COMEBACK IN FAYETTE

The big year trainer Pat Byrne envisioned for Take Charge Indy came to a crashing halt on Kentucky Derby (G1) day when the regally bred colt exited the race with a left ankle injury.

Come Saturday, phase two starts for Take Charge Indy as he will face older horses for the first time in the Fayette (G2) at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

“He came back to the barn August 2,” Byrne said Wednesday morning from Louisville. “He’s had three three-quarter-mile works and has a lot of miles under him. (Jockey) Calvin (Borel) worked him three works back and he went 1:13 and 1 and Calvin said he’s ready.”

Owned by Chuck and Maribeth Sandford, the son of A.P. Indy out of four-time Keeneland graded stakes winner Take Charge Lady burst onto the Triple Crown scene with a victory in the Florida Derby (G1) in which he defeated eventual Belmont (G1) winner Union Rags. Then came the disappointment of the Kentucky Derby.

“This is a good place to get started back and I can do it without shipping all over the country,” Byrne said. “He has run OK on Polytrack and he did not get beat that far last year by Dullahan (in the Grade 1 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity). I had considered the Barbaro (last Saturday) at Delaware Park.

“He’s ready to go. Ideally, I’d like a mile and a sixteenth, but there are not too many places to go. The Clark Handicap (G1 on November 23 at Churchill Downs) is the main objective and I’ve got the Dubai World Cup (G1) in the back of my mind.”

A DIFFERENT WISE DAN READY FOR SECOND BREEDERS’ CUP TRY

The Wise Dan that leaves Tuesday for Santa Anita and the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) on November 3 is a different animal than the Wise Dan that made his Breeders’ Cup debut in the Sprint (G1) two years ago at Churchill Downs.

“It’s like night and day. He’s bigger and stronger now and I always thought he was a better two-turn horse,” trainer Charles Lopresti said Wednesday morning as he watched Wise Dan gallop under exercise rider Damien Rock on the training track.

“He was just a 3-year-old and he jumped up and won the Phoenix (G3), which was a Win and You’re In for the Breeders’ Cup. He didn’t run a bad race; he only got beat 2 ½ lengths and was stuck down on the inside.”

Owned by breeder Morton Fink, Wise Dan did not make his grass debut until the Firecracker (G2) in July 2011.

“I was actually hoping to get him in an allowance race, but it didn’t fill,” Lopresti said. “I worked him on grass for the first time two weeks before the Firecracker. I was on the backside and did not see it all but the folks on the front side said he came home in :23 and they saw what we see when he works here.”

Wise Dan, by Wiseman’s Ferry, has won four of five races on the turf at a mile and Lopresti can’t think of a better horse to take with him for his first trip to Santa Anita.

“Win, lose or draw, I know I have a good horse,” Lopresti said. “They are the best horses in the world, but this horse has done nothing wrong and I know he is fit.”


FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS

Friday, October 26

Fan Appreciation Day. Patrons will be treated to a sample of Keeneland’s famous bread pudding in the North Terrace from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Friday Pick 4, presented by TVG. Guaranteed pool of $200,000.

Friday Happy Hour. Live music and simulcast wagering in the Paddock immediately after Keeneland’s final live race at 5:53 p.m. (ET).



KEENELAND 2012 FALL MEET LEADERS
(Stats Through Sunday, October 21)

Current Meet Leading Jockeys

Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Purses
Julien Leparoux 82 18 9 8 $846,226
Corey Lanerie 74 11 5 9 $450,606
Shaun Bridgmohan 62 9 7 8 $472,206
James Graham 82 8 9 18 $694,628
Jon Court 57 7 4 6 $270,827
Victor Lebron 46 6 4 1 $162,956
Rosie Napravnik 57 5 8 5 $243,575
John Velazquez 29 5 5 2 $656,877
Gabriel Saez 38 5 2 3 $167,025
Javier Castellano 21 5 1 1 $486,365
Marcelino Pedroza Jr. 34 4 9 3 $153,099
Jesus Castanon 31 4 6 3 $140,056
Brian Hernandez Jr. 54 4 5 2 $137,865
Julio Garcia 12 4 5 0 $129,730

Current Meet Leading Trainers

Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Purses
Michael Maker 43 9 8 3 $453,841
Todd Pletcher 37 7 2 1 $683,242
Wesley Ward 25 6 6 3 $305,015
Wayne Catalano 33 4 2 3 $211,017
H. Graham Motion 24 3 3 3 $159,375
Bill Mott 14 3 1 1 $149,269
Charles Lopresti 9 3 0 2 $509,870
Tevis Q. McCauley 9 3 0 1 $ 60,367
George R. Arnold II 23 2 9 4 $228,212
Timothy Hamm 14 2 3 0 $ 59,289
Eddie Kenneally 11 2 2 1 $ 87,452
Michael Stidham 8 2 1 6 $301,127
Merrill Scherer 12 2 1 3 $ 53,253
Steve Margolis 9 2 1 2 $129,189
Jonathan Sheppard 9 2 1 1 $129,636
Shug McGaughey 8 2 1 1 $132,531
Eduardo Caramori 8 2 1 1 $ 60,854
Chris Block 5 2 1 1 $ 86,514
Mark Casse 4 2 1 1 $352,500
Philip Oliver 5 2 1 0 $ 77,864
Philip Sims 15 2 0 2 $ 66,782
Dale Romans 23 2 0 0 $323,445
Tim Richardson 8 2 0 0 $ 41,843
Chad Brown 6 2 0 0 $358,510
Michael Ann Ewing 3 2 0 0 $ 27,660


Current Meet Leading Owners

Name Wins
Ken and Sarah Ramsey 7
Klaravich Stables (Seth Klarman) & William H. Lawrence 3
Augustin Stable (George Strawbridge Jr.) 2
E. Paul Robsham Stable (Mrs. E. Paul Robsham) 2
G. Watts Humphrey Jr. & St. George Farm (Ian Banwell) 2
John Chandler 2
John C. Oxley 2
Lothenbach Stables Inc. (Robert J. Lothenbach) 2
Richard, Elaine & Bertram Klein 2
Ripplewood Farm (Chris Duff) 2
Wesley Ward 2



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